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A Heated Driveway is a Wise Investment

Make Every Dollar Count with Radiant Heated Driveways

You might be like many of us and are afraid to even say the word recession. If we say it then we’ll have to admit it’s really here and our spending choices have to be even more prudent. Economic downturns such as the one we find ourselves elbow deep in, dictate wiser, well-researched and more cost-effective purchases. The weak dollar and tighter credit allowances no longer allow the penny-pinching consumer the luxury of frivolous spending sprees. Each purchase needs to count and provide an investment for the future.

A cost-effective investment and smart way to add value to your home is by installing a heated driveway (radiant snow melting system). Once installed, an affordable radiant heated driveway provides low operation costs in the long run, helping you lower your bottom line on home expenses. A heated driveway with an area of 300 square feet operates for under 50-cents per continuous hour of operation. Snow melting generally only takes a few hours to clear your driveway when a storm hits.

Driveway heating is an investment that has demonstrated and visible results. Not only does it allow you some free time with your family – not to mention saving your back from shoveling duties – but it is a proven way to protect the life of grass and surrounding vegetation by eliminating the use of salt and harsh snow melting chemicals. It also extends the life of your driveway by defending it from chemicals and other traditional abrasive snow removal methods.

Radiant heated driveways are fully automated so you can stay inside where it’s warm and count the dollars you are saving as you watch the snow fall. An automatic snow sensor signals the snowmelt system’s controller when precipitation is detected and temperatures are below 39° Fahrenheit. The controller then sends power to the embedded heat cable, rapidly warming the driveway and keeping it clear of snow and ice. The system shuts off automatically after the storm. Electric radiant snow melting systems have an extremely fast response time, operate silently, and are maintenance free – and there are several options to choose from when considering a radiant snow melting system. There’s really no better, or easier way to keep your driveway clear of snow and ice during the winter than with a radiant heated snow melting system.

So, instead of shoveling for hours after a Nor’easter or powerful lake effect storm, you can spend time relaxing inside with your family. The peace of mind that comes with making a smart purchase is invaluable right now. We are all looking for ways to ride out this (shhh, whisper) recession and worrisome economic climate, but you can still enjoy some of the finer things in life, and invest in wise products.

Automated Snow Sensors

High-Tech Snow Switches for Heated Driveways and Roof Deicing Systems

Are you contemplating radiant heat for your next home improvement project? Equipped with high-tech snow switches, radiant heated driveways and gutter systems are fully automated, making them efficient and effortless when it comes to snow removal.

The automated snow switch detects temperature and moisture conditions to initiate ice- and snow melting systems at the first signs of inclement weather. Depending upon what you’re heating, there are two general types of sensors.

A pavement mount snow sensor

An in-pavement (ground) sensor mounts in the concrete, asphalt, or pavers of your driveway or walkways, making it very indicative and accurate of the driveway conditions and includes many programmable features including:

  • Electronic on/off control up to 11 KW
  • 2 zone control with zones that can be individually controlled
  • Economical control
  • Temperature and moisture detection
  • Control of electrical or hydronic (water-based) ice and snow melting systems

The aerial mounted snow sensor activates your snow melting system only when needed. These sensors are typically mounted on the roof, and automatically triggers your heated driveway or gutter snowmelt system when it detects precipitation and temperatures are below 39°F. Smart system compatible, the sensor has several other notable features, including adjustable temperature trigger point, adjustable delay off cycle, and upgradeable remote activation.

Aerial mount snow sensor

That’s great, you say, but I have a snow removal service already, so why pay for a fancy system? Snow fall is unpredictable. Sometimes you wake up to the stuff, and sometimes it accumulates throughout the day. Snow removal services are certainly very handy, but they can’t compete with the reliability and efficiency of an automated radiant heated driveway system. With an automated radiant heated driveway or gutter system, it’s like having your very own snow melting service on call, 24/7. There’s no waiting involved, and no slippery patches of ice that got overlooked. Automated snowmelt systems only run when it’s snowing, eliminating residual or standby operation costs involved with snow removal services. And most importantly, they offer the peace of mind that comes with knowing your driveway and walkways are completely clear of ice and snow.

If you’re not sure how an automated snow melting switch fits into your radiant heat snow melting project, take heart. Warmzone has the experience and expertise you’ll need to meet your project requirements, and can configure an automated snow melting system with your needs and budget in mind. To discover more about radiant heat snow melting systems, contact 888.488.9276 today.

Roof Heating Solutions

Melt Snow and Ice With a Radiant Roof Heating System
Radiant heated roof and gutter heating systems can dramatically enhance the life span of your roof and protect it from damage caused by heavy snow and ice accumulation. Older buildings are a visible testament to the damaging effects of roof ice and snow that can destroy fronts, roofs, drainpipes, and gutters. Roofs that have substandard support structures, and such shortcomings can enable water to enter the building. As technology improves insulation value, there is less heat gain from inside of the building, causing an increased hazard of ice damage and damming on the roof. Once winter frost sets in, damage is often inevitable. Flat roofs on industrial buildings often give in to excessive weight loads generated by accumulations of ice and snow. This can be prevented by installing a quality heated roof and gutter deicing system, eliminating potential damage from snow and ice buildup.

Working with Warmzone on your roof heating system installation allows you to shop a number systems, and find the solution that is right for your home and your budget. Warmzone’s low-voltage roof heating system is another excellent solution for melting snow and ice from roof eaves, valleys, and entire roofs. The RoofHeat STEP deicing system features an extremely thin, self-regulating, semi-conductive polyethylene heating element. Embedded between two layers of vinyl, the panel is protected against UV rays, alkaline or other potential physical damages for durability.

Roof deicing system heating roof edges and valley

What’s great about Roofheat STEP is its versatility. It can be installed under new or existing asphalt, shake, or tile shingles, and is ideal for new construction as well as remodeling projects. Available in rolls 9 or 12-inches wide, the lightweight heating panel can be cut to size, and nailed or stapled through the existing roof, making installation quicker and easier than other traditional roof heating systems.

You can never predict the weather, but with a Warmzone roof heating system, you can often predict the outcome. Prepare now and say goodbye to pesky snow buildup and ice damming for good. To find out more about the Warmzone roof heating system, request a FREE quote or contact us at 888.488.9276.

Premium Home Amenities – Hot on Any Occasion

Warmzone’s newest line of products has everyone sitting down – and that’s not a bad thing! What goes better with a radiant heated bathroom than a heated bidet? We bring you a coupling that provides the ultimate in efficient home heating: ComfortTile floor warming systems and premium high-tech luxury bidets. What more could you ask for?

Bidet with heated toilet seat
Photo of bidet with heated toilet seat.

Premium bidets with heated toilet seats have been popular in Europe and Asia, and are now making a splash in Northern America. An increasing number of hotels and resorts are installing them in their luxury suites to attract customers seeking upscale amenities. Warmzone wants to offer these quality bidets to you – at an affordable price – because we all should have a little luxury in our lives.

Heated bidets not only provide luxury for home owners, but can enhance your family’s style of living by offering improved hygiene. Because of the potential health benefits, heated bidets have found a niche in the healthcare industry.

Bidets enhance the level of comfort and care for patients, and in particular, can grant the elderly with renewed independence and greater self-esteem.

Warmzone offers a variety of quality bidets with heated toilet seats as featured on www.heatedbidet.com.

The bidets include standard features such as multiple-function cleansing nozzles, power-saving heat sensors, and adjustable water and seat temperatures – all at surprisingly affordable prices. Models with built-in warm air dryers, deodorizers and massage modes are also available.

In addition to the health benefits of bidet use, ComfortTile radiant floor heating systems also offer health advantages.

ComfortTile floor heating mat, cable and thermostat
ComfortTile floor heating mat, cable and programmable thermostat.

Allergy sufferers will appreciate the ComfortTile radiant floor heating system because it does not require forced air, which spreads dust, pollen and other particles into the air. A radiant heated room warms almost instantly, beginning at the floor and rising upwards.

Radiant heated bathroom floors are particularly popular among home owners. Placing CT heating cable beneath the flooring results in comfort that must be experienced to be fully appreciated. Typically, consumers who have installed a floor heating system claim that they will never go without radiant heated floors again. Most home owners discover the comfort and economic benefits of radiant heat after installing a system in the bathroom, and soon afterwards want the same comfort throughout their homes.

These are just two of the many products offered by Warmzone that are centered around making your home as luxurious as an expensive resort. Pamper yourself with the comfort and convenience of a heated bidet and warm radiant floor!

Project Spotlight
You probably know how outdoor radiant heating cable is installed before pouring the concrete, but what happens when you want to install it in existing cement? That was the problem Warmzone needed to solve for Lockheed Martin, an advanced technology company located in Denver, Colorado.

Lockheed Martin has a 5500 square-foot ramp accessing a rooftop parking garage. The concrete ramp proved difficult to plow in the winter, and costs to maintain the structure had grown increasingly expensive. During the day, some snow would melt, but the water would re-freeze at night, creating stress on the concrete and making it difficult for employees to access the parking lot in the morning.

Warmzone’s ClearZone snow melting system proved to be the perfect solution, and installers from Silver Leaf Home Improvements in Montrose, Colorado were up for the job!

The solution was simple. Using concrete saw-cut technology, grooves were cut into the ramp from edge to edge at 4-inch spacing. The ClearZone 480 volt, three-phase radiant heat cable was then laid into the grooves and sealed into the ramp using an epoxy topcoat. Before the epoxy cured, Silver Leaf applied a sand broadcast on the surface to create added traction and safety to the ramp.

The end result was a radiant heated ramp with an automatic sensor to activate the system during bad weather – good news for employees of Lockheed Martin! Not only does the ramp require less maintenance with the new radiant heat system, the lifespan of the ramp has also been extended! Plow systems, snow melting chemicals and expanding ice weaken and crack cement, significantly shortening its lifespan.

Lockheed Martin was thrilled with the results and the outstanding installation work performed by Silver Leaf Home Improvements.

Increase the Value of Your Home With a Heated Driveway

Installing a heated driveway when you build or re-pour a driveway is a great way to increase the value of your home, and make it more sellable.  Even if you don’t want to activate the heated driveway, installing the components when you pour can still add value and allow a future owner to finish the project with minimal expense.  Start by installing the bare necessities. A popular option we have with our driveway heating systems is to “rough-in” the basic components for the heated driveway. Roughing-in a snow melting system consists of installing only the materials needed at the time of pouring a new concrete driveway.

Installing heating cable in mats for heated driveway and sidewalk

Components Needed for Rough-in:

1) Driveway Rough-in Kit – The “rough-in” kit contains a backplate, cold lead, and splices. The backplate is installed between studs on a wall and the control unit for the driveway heating system is mounted to the backplate. The cold lead is a non-hot wire that is used to run power from the control unit to the low-voltage heating cable. Splices are used to connect the cold lead to the cable.

2) Driveway Heating Element – A heat resistant cable is the electric heating element used for all driveway snow melting applications. The cable is secured to the remesh, spaced at 6 inches and raised with the remesh (using MeshUps, dobies or chairs) to be within 2 inches of the surface. The concrete is then poured over the cable.

Preparing a Driveway Heating System
The materials for your “heat ready driveway” can be purchased for only a couple of dollars – or less – per square foot. You can then purchase the remainder of your snowmelt system at a later time. Even if you never activate your heated driveway, “roughing-in” a driveway heating system will increase the resale value of your home.

Snow and Ice Removal Made Easy

It’s that time of year to dig out the coats, snow boots and Halloween costumes again. But there is still time to decide how you want to spend your time this winter season. Are you going to be laboring with your snow shovel to keep your walks and driveways clear, or are you going to relax and let a heated driveway do all the work?

A driveway heating system may seem like a luxury you can’t afford, but Warmzone is making it easier than ever. Whether you want to heat an existing driveway or create a stylish new brick paver driveway, Warmzone offers the industry leading ClearZone snow melting cable to keep your driveway free of snow all winter long.

Radiant snow melting mats and cable

The ClearZone cables are ideal for melting snow in just about any outdoor area, including the growing trend for building outdoor living spaces for recreational and entertainment purposes. Past newsletters have highlighted outdoor living space projects, such as outdoor parlors, each of them using the CZ cables to ensure the ultimate in comfort, longevity and ease of use. An outdoor space is a great way to add value and comfort to your home, while still staying within your means.

ClearZone cables are made specifically to withstand the harshest construction applications and extreme weather conditions. Durable CZ snow melting cables can be embedded in concrete and asphalt, as well as under brick pavers.

Using concrete saw cutting technology, existing driveways, walkways, ramps and commercial areas can be easily retrofitted with a CZ snow melting system. Advancements in electric radiant snow melting systems have made these systems more energy efficient than ever (99 percent of power consumed goes to snow melting).

A ClearZone snow melting system is available in two different forms: cable on spools and pre-spaced in mats. The cable gives you added freedom when dealing with projects that involve odd shapes, or when installing a system into an existing concrete slab. The ClearZone snow melting mats are ideal for new projects because installation is quick and easy. Simply unroll the mat and continue standard install for concrete, asphalt and brick pavers.

Many snow melting systems on the market cannot withstand the harsh temperatures of new asphalt, and low-voltage systems do not pass the ASHRAE standard for snow melting systems. Warmzone offers the most comprehensive warranty on the market – 10 years and up to five times the cost of the original installation to repair any problems that may occur. Warmzone is a trusted manufacturer and provider of radiant heat solutions and has a worldwide reputation for making top quality radiant products.

Installing a snow melting system eliminates the need for harsh chemicals and snow removal devices, and will increase the life span of your driveway and the value of your home. Whether you’re looking to install a heated driveway or create a new, warm outdoor space, Warmzone can help you plan a system that keeps within your budget and provides a lifetime of benefits.

For more information about CZ heat cable and snow melting systems, visit www.warmzone.com, or call 888-488-9276 today.

Project Spotlight – Heated Driveway in Pennsylvania

is newsletter is all about getting ready for winter snow storms with outdoor snow melting systems, so it seems fitting for our Project Highlight to feature a residential heated driveway installed by one of our longtime customers and veteran contractor, Nathan Moyer, from Accent Radiant Heating. This heated driveway turned out so beautifully, we’ve even featured photos from the project on our website.

The Riley family home is located in Milford, Pennsylvania, in a rural neighborhood that receives icy precipitation all winter long. The 1300-square foot driveway required constant maintenance, which became a problem for the Riley’s, of whom suffer from back problems. The house sits on the top of a small hill, making their driveway incline at an approximate slope of 15 degrees. The incline and size of the driveway, combined with the physical challenges of shoveling the snow, made installation of a snowmelt system a necessity.

Snow melting heat cable laid out for asphalt heated driveway.

Prior to winter, the Riley’s gave Accent Radiant Heating a call to explore their options for snow removal systems. Because their existing driveway was built of asphalt, Nathan recommended laying the heating cables on top of the old asphalt. The ClearZone snow melting system was recommended because of its’ unique ability to withstand the high temperatures of the new asphalt.

Using the ClearZone mats snow melting system (with the cable rows pre-spaced and woven into a flexible mat), laying the cables for the driveway was simply a matter of unrolling and connecting four rows of CZ mats. Nathan installed the entire 1300 square feet of radiant cables in about three hours.

After the cables were installed, the new layer of asphalt was shoveled over the cables, using the standard steps for laying asphalt. The installation and wiring of the heating cables to the automatic sensor and control units took Nathan approximately five hours to complete.

Retrofitting asphalt driveway with radiant heat

The end result was a beautiful new asphalt driveway and automated snow melting system that added only one day of work to a standard asphalt driveway repave.

If you are in the Pennsylvania area and are looking for indoor and/or outdoor radiant heat systems, Accent Radiant Heating offers expertise and outstanding service. Contact Nathan Moyer at 267-312-5099 for more information.

If you are out of this area and are interested in learning more about a snowmelt system, contact a Warmzone representative today or call toll free at (888) 488-WARM (9276).

Our knowledgeable staff of radiant heat experts will help you with all your questions and put you in contact with a qualified installer in your area.

Automated Radiant Heat Snow Removal; What More Could Grandma Want?

Several of the people in my area are over the age of 75 and live alone. Being in an area that receives heavy snow fall, I can’t help but wonder how they can manage snow removal. More often than not, the elderly are at the mercy of their family or neighbors’ hospitality. Many elderly feel as though they are burdens to others, and some even hire professionals to remove snow. Senior citizens especially would benefit immensely from an automatic heated driveway or walkway snow melting system.

Considering that 50 percent of people over the age of 75 will either die or be forced to enter institutional care because of injuries sustained from falls, any kinds of safety precautions are extremely important. Walkways that are frequently used, such as entryways and paths to trash cans, are the highest priority for snow melting. An electric snowmelt system would automatically remove snow and ice and ensure safety, as well as help the elderly to avoid the feeling of burdening friends and family.

The cost of healthcare continues to rise at unprecedented rates, bringing “prevention” to the forefront of personal care. Most businesses are installing heated walkways in areas where safety is the highest priority, such as disability ramps and steep walkways that receive heavy traffic. The cost of installing and running a snow melting system is much lower than the cost of medical bills or lawsuits resulting from someone slipping on a business premises.

Heated driveways and electric snow melting systems are environmentally friendly, unlike using salt and chemicals, which causes calcium chloride to damage nearby foliage and run into rivers and water supplies. The cost to operate a snow melting system is much less than the cost to use salt and chemicals after each snowfall or hire maintenance crews to remove snow.

Several snowmelt options are available. Radiant snowmelt systems can be installed to heat entire driveways and sidewalks, or radiant heating cable can be installed in specific areas such as a pair of 2-foot wide tire tracks on a driveway or heating the middle 3 feet of a sidewalk for more economical reasons. The heated driveway systems available on www.heatdrive.com offer automated operation which includes a sophisticated activation device that turns on the snow melting system when it senses precipitation and temperatures are below 39 degrees Fahrenheit. Snow sensors like these are necessary for the most energy-efficient snowmelt systems and prevent needless energy consumption.

Electric snow melting systems have come a long way since they were first introduced. A heated driveway was originally considered a luxury that only the rich could afford, but current radiant heat systems cost less per square foot, are easily installed and consume less energy. Snowmelt systems are available in electric or hydronic, but typically the electric systems are easier to install and require less maintenance. For more information on electric radiant heat and hydronic snowmelt systems, browse the Warmzone website or call a radiant heat expert at 888.488.WARM (9276).


About Warmzone
Warmzone provides consumers with energy-efficient, radiant heating solutions for homes and businesses. Based in Salt Lake City, Utah, Warmzone’s electricians and radiant heat experts will help you determine the best radiant heating solution, ranging from heated floors to large commercial snow and ice melt projects. Send us a plan or drawings and we’ll be happy to provide you with a FREE estimate and options for your roof heating and ice melting project.